July 14, 1945
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
SATURDAY, 14 JULY 1945
AAF PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (Seventh Air Force): HQ Seventh AF moves from Saipan
to Okinawa and is reassigned from AAF Pacific Ocean Area and overall
operational control by the US Navy to FEAF. Seventh AF units in the Ryukyu Islands,
operating under Tactical AF, Ryukyus (Tenth Army Tactical AF) since Apr 45 when
the first element of the Seventh AF arrived, are now under operational control
of HQ Seventh AF. The move from Saipan takes place between 18 Jun and 28 Jul.
HQ AAF (Twentieth Air Force): P-51s from Iwo Jima on a mission against Meiji Airfield and Kagamigahara Airfield in the Nagoya area abort because of weather. B-29 Superfortress bomb Sapporo at midday.
CHINA THEATER (AAF, China Theater) Fourteenth Air Force: 25 P-51s and P-38s
bomb or strafe ammunition and supply dumps, river, road, and rail traffic, and
coastal shipping around Laohokow, Tinpak, Koyiu and Yutze, China and Hung Yen,
Bac Ninh, Hongay, Mon Cay and Vinh, French Indochina.
WESTERN PACIFIC [Far East Air Force (FEAF)]: On this date HQ Seventh AF officially
joins the Fifth and Thirteenth AFs as part of FEAF. On Formosa, A-26s hit the
Taiharo refinery and warehouse area and P-51s over the W coast blast railroad
targets. P-47s sweep the N China coast and attack coastal cargo vessels NW of
Tinghai. On Luzon, fighter-bombers support ground forces in the Mankayan and Kiangan areas and hit enemy positions in the Ipo-Infanta sector. B-24s support
ground forces on Negros Island, bombing the area NE of Mount Mandalagan. On
Celebes, B-24s bomb airstrips at Boeloedowang Airfield, Limboeng Airfield, Mapanget Airfield, and
Tanamon and Japanese HQ at Sindjai. The air echelon of the 25th Photographic
Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Reconnaissance Group, moves from Clark
to Okinawa with F-5s (ground echelon arrived on Okinawa on 9 Jul).
RAAF: Damaged during take off is PV-1 Ventura NZ4632 at Jacquinot
Bay Airfield and was written off.